International Heilkunst Association Natural Healing For Today's World
All practitioner members of the IHA agree to be bound by the following principles in their practice of the art and science of rational medicine – Heilkunst.
1.1 The highest and only calling is to rapidly, gently and permanently restore the sick to health (soundness and wellness at all levels), based on the natural and spiritual principles as set out in the works of contributors to the Dynamic System of Thought, so as to promote the greatest degree of bodily and soul-spiritual freedom of each person coming to seek help.
1.2 The interests of the individual patient should be paramount in all professional acts undertaken and in the undertaking of research; the burden lies on each practitioner to act according to the highest level of ethics.
2.1 Diplomas, accreditation certificates, and any other documents of qualifications relating to one’s practice should be prominently displayed in the place of practice.
3.1 Information given by patients must be guarded by the strictest confidence, and can be subsequently divulged only when supported by a specific release signed by the patient where this is permitted by law.
3.2 The practitioner will avoid any and all indiscretion regarding patient information.
3.3 The practitioner will not make use of confidential patient information in a manner harmful to the patient.
3.4 The practitioner will not make use of confidential patient information with the intent of obtaining any benefit directly or indirectly.
3.5 The practitioner may release information that identifies the patient only with the signed consent of the patient, specifying to whom the information will be released.
3.6 Information derived from patients may be utilised for research, scientific articles and other educational purposes only in a manner that ensures the anonymity of the patient.
4.1 Every individual is to be treated with respect throughout treatment, regardless of age; race; gender; sexual orientation; cultural, national or ethnic origin; economic or educational background; disability; or religious or political affiliation. Where the practitioner does not feel that this can be provided, he or she should seek to refer the person to another qualified practitioner.
4.2 The patient is to be interviewed and examined in a setting that affords visual and auditory privacy. This privacy can be breached by the presence of someone other than the patient, or by the use of a remote viewing/listening or video/audio recording devices only with the consent of the patient.
4.3 The patient may fully expect that all interviews and evaluations be conducted in a manner respectful of the patient’s personal beliefs, values and customs.
4.4 The patient and/or the legally designated patient advocate is to participate in any and all decisions regarding his/her health care to the extent possible.
4.5 The patient has the right to seek a second opinion from another practitioner or health-care provider.
4.6 The patient has the right to obtain, with reasonable notice and no unreasonable delay, access to his/her file.
5.1 The practitioner will endeavour to communicate clearly and compassionately with the patient (or patient advocate) regarding the analysis of the state of health, advice, recommendations and prescriptions, and will confirm that such is understood to the best of the patient’s ability.
5.2 The practitioner will clearly state, prior to or at the initial consultation, the nature, purpose and limits of his practice.
6.1 The practitioner will provide clearly written general information regarding fee structures for consultations and will respond in full to any questions in this regard.
6.2 The practitioner may require a reasonable payment for services, with regard to fee structures in the profession as a whole, and with due consideration to the varying business costs locally, and the value of experience in the field.
6.3 The practitioner may offer service on a reduced basis or free-of-charge to any sick individual.
6.4 The practitioner’s objective is to provide sound advice to the patient regarding his or her health, both to restore and to maintain it, and will normally be compensated by means of fees for this advice.
6.5 Collection procedures on overdue accounts must be taken with tact and restraint, and only after duly advising the patient of the arrears. Any interest charged on overdue accounts must be reasonable, and levied only after notice of failure of payment has been given.
6.6 Patients have the right to cancel appointments provided they give a minimum of 24 hours notice. The practitioner has the right to charge the patient for a missed or cancelled consultation (if it is done in less then the 24 hour period) or may waive payment, but shall not charge where the appointment is filled by another patient.
7.1 The practitioner will operate within the general principles laid down in the works of the Dynamic System, with the intent to, for each person seeking help:
identify the disease(s) and/or imbalances
cure the disease(s) and/or imbalance(s) so identified
help restore and maintain the state of health
7.2 In this regard, the practitioner will analyze each case individually, choosing to prescribe the appropriate remedy for each disease/imbalance that will lead to the fullest possible remediation.
7.2 The practitioner will endeavor to work in cooperation with other health-care providers involved in any individual case (such dialogue to be conducted only with the patient’s written consent) and shall not require as a condition of treatment that a patient forego other treatments he/she is undergoing or intending to undergo.
7.3 The practitioner will seek to maintain respectful relations with other health-care providers without in any way compromising professional independence. The practitioner should generally respect the choice of the patient to seek help from other such providers. Should the practitioner believe that alternative care may be of benefit to the patient, an appropriate recommendation and referral will be made where possible.
7.4 The practitioner will be mindful of the limits of his/her knowledge and and will not undertake treatments for which he/she has neither sufficient training nor experience.
8.1 The practitioner must exercise his/her vocation according to the highest principles.
8.2 The practitioner shall act, at all times, in his/her capacity in a manner that shall not compromise the reputation or dignity of his/her chosen vocation.
8.3 The practitioner shall not practice while judgment is impaired.
8.4 The practitioner shall not abuse his/her position of trust.
8.5 Physical sexual contact between practitioner and patient is prohibited.
8.6 Should the practitioner become aware of a conflict of interest he/she will disclose this to the patient and when appropriate refer to another practitioner.
8.7 The practitioner will avoid questioning the competence of any other health care provider, publicly or before a patient, but may express his/her views regarding any treatment modality provided by another health-care provider.
8.8 The practitioner will seek to maintain a good professional relationship with other practitioners.
9.1 Full and accurate records of all contacts with patients will be maintained, including, as a minimum:
a. patient’s name, address, telephone number, date of birth
b. essential details of patient’s medical history
c. dates of consultations, and details of information given at same
d. dated details of recommendations and prescriptions
9.2 Such records will be maintained for at least seven (7) years following the last visit made by the patient, or as otherwise required by law, and will be released to the patient without unreasonable delay after receiving a signed request.
9.3 When a request is made to transfer a patient’s file to another practitioner, a copy of all relevant and useful information will be released in a timely fashion after receiving a clear consent from the patient.
a.Relevant and useful information in transferring to another practitioner is defined as:
b.Relevant and useful information in patient request for file is defined as:
10.1 In the event of terminating a practice, the practitioner will make every effort to notify patients well in advance, and to refer patients to another qualified practitioner.
10.2 The practitioner may cease treatment of a specific patient for just and reasonable cause, such as: conflict of interest; loss of a patient’s confidence; inability to maintain the degree of detachment necessary to make unbiased treatment decisions; repeated refusal to adhere to the practitioner recommendations; or a pattern of non-payment of consultation fees. In such cases, a referral will be made to another practitioner. With the patient’s consent, disclosure for reasons of termination can be discussed with the new practitioner.
11.1 The practitioner shall undertake to continue education and training so as to provide the highest level of treatment possible in accordance with the requirements set down by the IHA.
11.2 Such continuing education and training shall include periodic consultations and necessary treatment by another qualified Heilkunst practitioner.